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EOS Bodies / Re: Used 60D or new 650D/T4i?
« on: June 08, 2012, 02:25:00 PM »
What is Magic Lantern? I've only skimmed a few sites and its wiki, but I gather that it adds some significant video features?
Yeah, focus peaking is nice (allows you to see what is in focus), as are some of the other add-ons. It does some nice stuff for photos too. If you've got a Ti camera, it allows you to use the multiples of 160 for video. It allows you to control ISO in 1/3 steps, which is the only way you can use ISO 160, 320, and 640.

You can also control the video quality, you can raise the bit-rate (higher quality) or lower it (allowing you to record longer). There are a million other features, but those are the big ones I've used

So, what will a 7DII be like? Are these hints of a probable change towards FF or aps-h?
Haha, no. They are hints that the 7D could use some of the features they added...seeing as lesser cameras (60D) had some of these features and it didn't.

And the 7D will not become full-frame. If you want a full-frame version of the 7D, get the 5dIII, cause that's what it is.

I wonder if this means a delay in the release of the 7DII.
I'd say that is what it means the most. That the 7dII definitely isn't right around the corner, or they'd have just saved this for that release.

Lenses / Re: The Shorty Forty MTF Chart Comparison
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:25:06 AM »
side by side + above .8 = I'll take one
Well, and on APS-C, the corners seem like they could still be fairly sharp. By the MTF chart, its stronger than the 50mm f/1,8 until the very edge of an APS-C sensor

EOS Bodies / Re: Used 60D or new 650D/T4i?
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:30:50 AM »
The T4i is much more friendly for video users with auto AF.  The T4i is basically a combined HD camcorder and a SLR, which is a good value and it reduces the amount of gear you'd need to do both tasks.
We assume this. Has anyone posted video of the T4i auto-focus? Cause it could be crap for all we know.

Battery life is so much better for SLRs compared to P&S.  If that concerns you, get a spare or two.
Or get the 60D, where you get 3x the battery life. For an entire weekend backpacking trip, you'll never need to change batteries with a 60D.

As was mentioned, the 60D still has a lot of nice elements over the T4i, and Magic Lantern, which is useful for its focus peaking, etc when trying to use the AF. You can get the body for $640+tax from the Canon Loyalty Program, and I believe the 18-135 kit is like $830+tax. Like you said, new, they are about the same price as the T4i, and just from the ergonomics alone I think its worth the upgrade.

I believe Canon Loyalty is also letting you add an extra lens at 20% off, so you can look through and see if there are others you'd want. I think most of the L lenses are excluded.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:16:30 AM »
Look again.  It cost $100 for pretty much all of 2010, and is $110-$112 on Amazon currently, and $109 from Adorama with US warranty.
Yep, and Amazon has run it on Lightning Deals for <$100. Thing is, demand is probably still high right now, since its the cheapest upgrade over the kit lens, and a ton of people bought Rebels within the last 6-8 months. Prior to Canon's huge discounts before Xmas, I saw the 50mm on multiple deals in the $80 range.

Canon General / Re: Best Filter for 40mm Pancake?
« on: June 08, 2012, 09:45:32 AM »
I guess the question could be: Is it a good use of money to upgrade from a $6 UV filter to a $30-$50 UV filter?
This example should help answer your question; even though its a drastic example, it proves a point

Generally I'd say a lens hood is better for protection, but, because the pancake might not be so convenient with lens hoods, I'd say a decent UV filter would be the way to go.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will the 650d sensor be like?
« on: June 07, 2012, 04:24:46 PM »
Imho that's typical for tech forum talk - personally, I didn't get the 60d because of the specs, but because of the much better ergonomics (buttons, back dial, top lcd) and for the same reason even choose not to buy the d7000 which outclasses the 60d hands down.
Yep, I've used the T2i/T3i, and I hate trying to switch between exposure settings on them. Its much simpler on my 60D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Full Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 02:43:03 PM »
By the way, the prominent ISO button... I think this is a bit too much for most rebel buyer, isn't it? And the video switch, let's hope it won't be tripped too easily.
The button layout on the back is the exact same as the T3i, and the only change on top is that the ISO button moves left as they got rid of the Display on/off button.

Is there supposed to be a press conference?  If so I'm guessing that's when they would say something?
Believe its tomorrow, so we'd know for sure then. Im not sure anyone can know for sure until then, since a spec list won't clarify new sensor or not

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Touchscreen Example Videos
« on: June 07, 2012, 02:36:27 PM »
Being able to quickly select your focus point using the touchscreen as opposed to having to scroll around is helpful imo.

Same goes for accessing anything on the menu screens. The fewer button presses the better imo.

Although the magnify button might be just as fast and more accurate than performing a gesture zoom in.

It's just nice to have the touchscreen capability there for some things imo. Each person will find their own benefits.
Yeah, for most uses you'll actually find the buttons and wheel easier for changing exposure settings than a touch-screen, especially since that touch screen requires you to take your eye off what you are photographing. But, when you're already using the screen, it'll be pretty nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Full Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 02:20:06 PM »
Or is the ISO performance improved on this body by using DIGIC V+?
It's possible it will help the video out some, simply by being able to process faster and allowing for higher-res recording. I wouldn't expect any big difference in noise performance for video though.

Based on your needs, the video AF could be nice if it actually works. While the 10-20 won't really need it, other lenses can use it. And even with the 10-20, while you're running along with a glidecam, it'd be nice not to have to worry about focusing. Biggest feature for you, if you also take pictures, would be the AF and FPS. Makes it more likely you lock focus and get a cool shot in action.
So if there is no new sensor in terms of quality I am going to get the same as the t2i... :o
But the most important thing is the image quality!! Surely that should improve in an upgrade..
Would have been nice to see an upgrade sensor, but IQ doesn't mean anything if your shot is out of focus, or you missed the moment. The AF will be a noticeable upgrade from the T3i, and the burst rate will also be a noticeable upgrade. Since many rebel users are people shooting their families and people running around, those are important. And most of them wouldn't notice the difference between an 18mp sensor or a 22mp sensor, except that maybe they'd need a slightly larger hard-drive with the larger sensor

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Full Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:41:25 PM »
The 7DII will recieve a New AF System and Possibly... Just maybe... APS-H. <---- Ace in the Hole vs D600 Nikon.
The D600 is, by rumors, a full-frame camera that is a lower MP, crippled version of the D800. Kind of like a better 5dII if you would. And the 7dII would be an improvement over the 7D. So how is an awesome APS-C camera an ace in the hole against a cheap full-frame camera? Completely different set of users.

I do agree it bodes well for the 70D getting some useful upgrades, seeing as the T4i is currently on par with the 60D on everything but build quality.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Full Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:39:15 PM »
Price guess?
$949 or $999 with the 18-55 kit would be my guess. Take $100 for body-only. T4i with the new 18-135 would probably be $1199, it's usually a $200-250 price premium over the kit lens combo

Suggestions would be nice haha.
To record to your laptop, you'd have to get a cord that goes from the soundboard to your laptop. Depends on the soundboard whether that would be XLR or 1/4" jacks. You'll have to contact them in advance to figure that out. Ultimately you need a converter that takes it from that size down to standard headphone size. Something like these

Of course, those would go on the end of the cord coming out of the soundboard...and then into your computer. A program like Audacity would be fine for recording the audio. You could do the same thing going direct to your cameras (same 3.5mm jack), but obviously when you stopped recording you'd lose audio.

If you're going to do this often, I'd just buy an external audio recorder, it will be simpler than using your laptop every time (since your laptop will have to be plugged in, etc)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: T4i continuous Video AF, CDAF or PDAF?
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:13:08 PM »
the down side is, aperture has to be wide open, but if you want full control, you lose continuous AF, so not both....
That seems like a silly solution for AF. And if the lens is wide open, do you mean it would shoot at f/1.8 on your primes all the time? Cause I would imagine that would get old fast, especially if I wanted more DOF. Or is it the other way around, where it always shoots at f/11 (which would make it no better than your standard camcorder)?

Either way, the inability to control the settings manually would be a deal breaker for me

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:08:19 PM »
STM point to a future mirrorless system
How does STM point to mirror-less? It points towards silent focus for video...but, that can be useful on any type of body.

The pancake form would point to mirror-less, but, the fact it's EF mount might mean its just a marketing choice.

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